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More voices from China expected to be heard in ongoing global conversation, UN official says

(Xinhua)    13:18, January 25, 2020

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) --Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, the special adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Unites Nations (UN), said here Friday that he wishes to hear more voices from China in an ongoing global conversation launched by the international agency.

"We have a UN representative in China and they certainly are planning activities, and we want to hear from China what the Chinese people think through our platforms, what are the expectations from China and how we wanted people especially Chinese youth to fully participate in that conversation," Hochschild told Xinhua, describing China as a "tremendously important actor in the UN and in shaping the future."

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced that starting from January, the UN will hold a large and inclusive global conversation in order to collect opinions, strategies and ideas for the UN to function better.

The views and ideas will be presented to world leaders and senior UN officials at a high-profile event during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in September this year, and disseminated online and through partners.

"UN was founded 75 years ago when beyond the many divisions there were universal aspirations with a very real recent memory of immense suffering in the second World War, but today that sort of universal aspiration for a better world, a better future for our children, does not seem to be at the forefront of the thinking of many of political leaders across the world," Hochschild said.

"So we want to reconnect in this year through global conversations, especially with youth. What are the aspirations especially of young people across the world for a better future, what are their main anxieties, their main fears and how can we reinvigorate global cooperation to lessen the gaps," he added.

Noting that undoubtedly the world is better than 70 years ago, the UN official highlighted such major achievements as the progress made in public health, literacy education and poverty reduction.

"But a real question now is whether those achievements will continue? We benefited enormously from the hard work of those who came before us, but it's not so clear what sort of globe were going to leave behind to those who come after us," he said.

The major concerns for the UN concentrate on climate change, the 2030 sustainable development agenda, world peace and security and technologies governance.

"I think undoubtedly the UN remains relevant and helpful to tackle these issues, but one thing need to be done is to make multilateralism and the UN better," he said.

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